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40 dead as Nigerian preacher TB Joshua’s church collapses

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September 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – At least 40 people have died and many others injured when an unfinished building belonging to the famous Nigerian preacher, TB Joshua, collapsed in Lagos.

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Nigerian preacher TB Johua (tbjoshuafansclub)

The two-storey building, located in the sprawling compound of the vast church complex came down on Friday afternoon.

"It’s now 40 dead," said Ibrahim Farinloye, southwest coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), with officials expressing fears the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue.

About 124 survivors were reportedly rescued alive from the rubbles of the building, which served as the guesthouse for foreign dignitaries and followers of TB Joshua, who leads the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

TB Joshua, dubbed "The Prophet", has an almost fanatical following among Nigerians and across the world, attracted by his purported healing powers and prophecies, in which he preaches to thousands of followers every week.

The purported prophet, on his facebook page, confirmed that the building had indeed collapsed, but downplayed the number of casualties, saying most people inside the building were rescued.

SOUTH SUDAN COUP PROPHECY

TB Joshua gained prominence in South Sudan for his alleged prophecy of an imminent coup attempt against president Salva Kiir.

Officials representing the evangelist, however, later on denied that TB Joshua had prophesied about South Sudan in particular, but about a country close to Kenya whose leader was “being captured” in a bloody crisis which displaced many people.

South Sudan vice president, James Wani Igga visited Lagos after the 15 December crisis carrying a letter of thanks to the Nigerian preacher for the prophesy and offered him the role of a religious advisor to president Salva Kiir.

Igga, on his return from Nigeria, allegedly joked that while the rebels had Ngundeng (a Nuer prophet) to rely on, the leadership in Juba would also depend on TB Joshua for prophecies.

Many followers usually flock the West African country from around the world to seek spiritual guidance from the purported prophet.

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  • 15 September 2014 09:03, by Makjohnson

    Any Nuer enemy is to smell the same fate as what is happening to this false preacher TB Joshua. Salva Kiir will rebuild the church which collapsed but who will compensate the blood of the forty dead?

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    • 15 September 2014 13:33, by Ahmed Chol

      Why would anybody rely on a Nigerian word? Nigerian are all thieves, from streets to their president. It is an overcrowded country where everyone lives by theft and lies. This Joshua guy is rotten liar. Idiots like the Kiir government rely on him and accepted the coup prophecy, pathetic indeed.

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  • 15 September 2014 10:03, by ForAll

    When Nigerians and Africans will COMPLY WITH the revised ASCE, BSI and DIN that will suit the African ENVIRONMENT???

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  • 15 September 2014 13:45, by denis

    Surely a real prophet could fortell the collapse of his own church. No foundations?

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  • 15 September 2014 23:05, by marie

    Prophecy is a revelation from God. Whatever God tells a prophet to prophecy, he will tell accordingly. Watch Emmanuel TV and see how the plane flying over the building 4 times has a hand in that. BOKO Haram is the culprit here. Regarding South Sudan,there is an update that one of the two; either Salva or Kiir will die before the end of the year.Your role now is to pray to God for that not to happe

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    • 16 September 2014 08:21, by denis

      Come off it Merle.
      Salva or Kiir? Get your mind moving!

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      • 16 September 2014 08:37, by dinkdong

        "Get off it?" That’s funny! She must be on that stuff.

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